I thought — I’m not going to survive this. How could God let this happen?
I kept looking at that little Alternatives flyer on the wall at the shelter. They always told me I needed to go.
But I was living in a lot of fear. During this time, I was trying to decide what was best for my baby — whether I should keep him or give him up for adoption.
When I decided to come to Alternatives, I felt some of that burden lifted. Just sharing it with somebody. Just having Diane to talk to made a world of difference.
Alternatives was the only place that I felt accepted exactly the way that I was. And it was so encouraging every time I came here to continually be prayed for, pointed back in the direction of my relationship with Jesus. To have that gentle advice and support — that’s why I kept coming back.
I remember from all the way back when I was a little girl, hearing those words, “I knew you in your mother’s womb.” And, “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.” And I came to love this baby more than I ever thought was possible.
My boyfriend kept saying things like, “I really do love you. I want to raise this baby with you.” He was so excited to be a dad. He proposed to me, and we got married.
When Elijah was born, I came back to Alternatives, and we were given so much baby stuff. Things we really needed. Things I didn’t even know we needed.
Every time I talked to Diane, I would be reminded that I wasn’t alone. And not only was God walking with me, Alternatives was walking with me, too.